I'm in a strange place right now. A lot is changing. I'm due to give birth in about a month, and to be honest, that is taking up most of my brain space. But I am still working on writing and other creative endeavors. Here's what I'm currently working on:
Getting rewards packages together for my newest Patreon patrons.
Finishing up the prizes for the winners of the recent Pioneers Press contest.
Finishing Reckless Chants #25.
And these are some of my plans and intentions for 2018:
Submitting poems to as many publications as possible.
Entering contests and calls for chapbooks and full-length manuscripts.
Finding an agent. (Any literary agents looking at this? Send me an email!)
Putting out the first call for submissions for Bone & Ink Press.
I've been doing a lot this year, writing/project-wise, and I have been very bad about keeping this website updated. So, this is me playing catch up.
-I was part of the GREAT poems project and the Milwaukee Resists project. You can order the GREAT collection here; if you want Milwaukee Resists you'll have to make a trip to Woodland Pattern in Milwaukee.
-I put together a Writers Resist event here in Racine. Someone was kind enough to record it, so if you're curious as to what some of the writers and activists are doing here in southeastern Wisconsin, check it out.
-I started a fucking small press! Bone & Ink Press now has its own website, so it's officially officially A Thing--now I just need to figure out funding and write a mission statement and open it up for submissions.
-Oh, oh, oh, did I mention I was interviewed in fucking Maximum Rocknroll? Cuz I was! Yeah, Nate Perkins interviewed me last year and it appeared in MRR this March. I am still incredibly stoked on it, because when I was...
It’s Like The ‘Watch The Throne’ Of Tender Punk Poems is a split chapbook, written by myself and Misha Bee Speck. It contains poems both short and long–16 poems by Misha, 12 by me. It is the first official release put out by Bone & Ink Press, my new small press that will be publishing chapbooks of poetry, non-fiction, and experimental genres.
These tender punk poems are about gender and sex, about blood and heat, about dreams and anger and aching. They’re about what it means to live in a body and build a life as the world burns around you.
36 pages, ½ legal. Printed on white paper and staple-bound, then adorned with sparkly cardstock (you can choose gold or silver) and ribbon.
I haven't posted here in a while, but I have had a lot of stuff going on. So here is some information about recent poems & zines & interviews, upcoming events, and more.
The biggest news is that in October I finally, finally finished Reckless Chants #23. It took me four months, and it was a challenge the whole time, but I'm pretty proud of the result.
Reckless Chants #23 is a long-form personal essay about loss, grief, violence, trauma, and mental illness, and also strength and healing–all tied together with thoughts on tears, crying, and sadness. It is one of the hardest things I have ever written, and one of the most important things I have ever written.
Love letters to way-too-late whiskey-drunk nights, stolen hearts and stolen kisses, small-town parking lots and bad decisions and even badder girls, WWTAWWTAP is a gritty and gorgeous series of riffs on living and loving punk. Like your very first show all over again, it’ll set your blood on fire.
-Sarah McCarry, author of the Metamorphoses trilogy and publisher/editor of the Guillotine series
I was all "I'm going to update this site on a regular basis" and "I'm going to do my serious blogging on this site," and yes, I'm still planning on staying on top of both of those things, but I've been busy! I moved to a new house, and then immediately had to get started on writing pieces for upcoming events and working on a new issue of Reckless Chants, plus doing more book-release preparation and recording my spoken word album, as well as trying to enjoy life by wandering and reading and cooking lots of delicious food. So here are some things to tide you over:
I've been so busy working that I haven't had time to update my website! The Girl With the Most Cake is coming out in April, followed by What We Talk About When We Talk About Punk in May. In the meantime, here are a few recent things for you to check out:
Featuring readings by some of the midwest's finest zinesters:
Jonas, Julia Eff, Liz Mason, and Jessie Lynn McMains!
Plus, a Q&A with the zinesters, a zine reading area, delicious craft brews (& non-alcoholic root beer!), and more!
Jonas is a writer/zinester from Chicago. He penned the zines Cheer the Eff Up and Fixer Eraser, as well as edited several compilation zines such as Srviv #1-3. In 2014 he released his first novel, The Greatest Most Traveling Circus. He's also been a regular contributor to the critically acclaimed zine/magazine Rad Dad. He currently lives with his wife and son.
Julia Eff hails from the Motor City and has been making zines for over 10 years, specializing in the queer, crass, spooky, and horribly emotional. They don't have a consistent running title but their book, Every Thug Is A Lady, came out last year on Pioneers Press. Julia enjoys coffee, tea, and Alkaline Trio. There is only an 84%...
I'm incredibly excited to announce that my book, What We Talk About When We Talk About Punk, is being published by Pioneers Press. It will hit shelves on May Day. You can read the full announcement here - and stay tuned for more book-related news in the months to come.